The city of Porto, set on the banks of the river Douro, will always be an inspiring visit. It contains a rich mix of Gothic, Baroque, neoclassical and Romanesque architecture. Its history dates back to the 5th century. You can find a direct Porto flight with many of the major airlines which conduct flights from many cities, including London, Brussels and Barcelona. If you are looking to book a cheap flight from East Midlands, London or another UK airport then take a look at our flight comparison tool to find a deal to suit you. Porto was made a World Heritage Site in 1996. The bustling Ribeira area, along the riverside, is full of bars and cafes. This leads into a maze of narrow winding streets, perfect for discovering the beautiful, restored buildings. A stroll along the Dom Luís I bridge gives you an extraordinary panoramic view of the city. Whilst on the other side of the bridge, you will find an array of wine warehouses.
Porto airport is about 15km from the city centre and is serviced regularly with public transport. Catch an Aerobus from just outside the airport that will drop you off in Praça da Liberdade in the city centre for around 5 EUR. There is also a metro line that connects the airport to the centre for a fraction of the cost. After 1am, the only option is the hourly bus to Avenida dos Aliados, or a taxi. The airport is quite close to the city centre, so transport is relatively inexpensive. It is generally easier to use the metro to travel around Porto itself, to do this you buy a ticket and load it with the number of trips you are likely to make. Take the opportunity to plan a trip on one of the ferries up the Douro while you visit the city. It costs around 10 EUR for around 50 mins and you get a spectacular view of both sides of the river. Porto is the capital of the port industry, so take a wine tour in the caves across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia. There are many buses that run along the route and each wine tour is reasonably priced, around 3-5 EUR. The football stadium is located quite close to the centre and is accessible by the metro. A tour costs 10 EUR and last around 45 minutes. Another must do whilst you are here is to sample the famous Francesinha, a sandwich packed with beef, pork, ham, smothered in cheese and a beer sauce. The city is renowned for having the best in the country.